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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Always the question is How does this fit in with evolution, instead of, Does this fit in with evolution?

Right on cue, comes this research that asks:

Religion may be a survival mechanism. So are we born to believe?
Guardian Unlimited | Life | Tests of faith

The following would seem logical and reasonable but has got some in a tizzy. Apparently brain activity can tell us nothing about the existence or otherwise of God...
...Newberg has been criticised for his investigations into the essence of spiritual experience - the most vehement attacks coming from atheists. "Some people want me to say whether God is there or not, but these experiments can't answer that. If I scan a nun and she has the experience of being in the presence of God, I can tell you what's going on in her brain, but I can't tell you whether or not God is there," he says.

Do atheists have "brain activity"? If so does their brain activity when they are "raving about atheism" have any objective effect on the whether a God really exists?

The conclusion, and bad news for atheists: religious belief is not going to fade away anytime soon... In fact religion is an "evolutionary survival mechanism"... unlike atheism apparently...

8:06:00 pm